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Inducted in 1990
When the New Zealand team left for the Montreal Olympics in 1976, the hockey team was seldom mentioned as possible medalists.
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  • Hockey
But they soon became the toast of the nation, winning a surprise and welcome gold medal. The New Zealanders, captained by Tony Ineson, began with 1-1 draws against defending champions West Germany and Spain.

They then had a 2-1 win against Belgium but lost to Pakistan 5-2 and found themselves in a playoff for the semifinals against Spain. That game was won 1-0 after three periods of extra time, the Kiwis’ superior fitness making the difference.

The final against old friends and rivals Australia was 0-0 at halftime, but Ineson broke the deadlock when he scored from a penalty corner 28 minutes from the end. It was to be the only goal.

The New Zealanders defended their lead desperately in the closing stages, and none more valiantly than goalie Trevor Manning, who played the last 10 minutes with a smashed kneecap.

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Kevin Skinner

(1927 - )

Skinner was one of the great All Black props of the 40s and early 50s but his fame almost entirely centres on his coming out of retirement in 1956 to bolster the New Zealand pack against South Africa in one of the most tumultuous series New Zealand has seen.
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